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Hi, I normally use WordPress for CMS, but one of our clients who we are going to develop their website, have raised their concerns regarding WordPress. The things they want on their website are;
The analytics, events, user experience, seo and meta data tags, which are important elements in their new site and by this comparison if you look at this chart;
http://cmsharbor.com/products/compare/4%2c6%2c47/kentico-cms-vs-joomla-vs-wordpress
It shows that Kentico provides all those features, It comes with license cost, but the client is ok with that.
Also, I have read that Kentico offers a superior backend document library/catalogue and that wordpress files uploads in chronological order?
Just wanted to know by keeping all that in mind would WordPress will be better or should I go with Kentico, I have never done anything in Kentico?
Anyone in here who have experience in both Kentico and WordPress?
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The analytics, events, user experience, seo and meta data tags

All of those are up to the designer/developer to deliver.  No one platform provides an inherent advantage over any other.  That being said, some platforms will integrate things like "analytics" into the core of software (raising an argument of bloat) while others leave up to you to add via plugins or third party service (e.g. Google Analytics).  WordPress is a plugin-based CMS.  The core doesn't have a ton of additional functionality.  You have to add it via plugins.  

which are important elements in their new site and by this comparison if you look at this chart;

The fact that Kentico gets 5 stars across the board in all categories without explanation makes me wonder how impartial that site really is. Again, it seems like it ignores the fact that WordPress plugins (and Joomla extensions) exist which leads one to believe it's not really an unbiased source.

wordpress files uploads in chronological order?

By default, yes.  You can change that or add plugins to change it as you wish.

Just wanted to know by keeping all that in mind would WordPress will be better or should I go with Kentico, I have never done anything in Kentico?

Since we have absolutely no idea what your client wants nor do we know anything about you other than you've never worked with Kentico and have worked with WordPress at some level, it's almost impossible to say.  My stock answer to any of these types of questions is "go with what you know" unless the client is willing to live with you going through a learning curve on their dime.

But in all seriousness, you have to balance what the client says they prefer vs. what you are comfortable delivering.  If you overpromise and underdeliver, they only person who will pay that cost is you.  

Finally, Kentico is a .NET solution, WordPress is PHP. If you are familiar with working in the .NET environment and are going to host this on Windows, then Kentico may be a good choice.  If this is a *nix or shared hosting setup, WordPress may be better for you.
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Thanks, can you please clarify what you mean by Kentico is hosted on Windows?
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From http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kentico_CMS and other sources you can read by typing "Kentico" in Google:

"Kentico CMS utilizes ASP.NET and Microsoft SQL Server. Kentico allows development via its portal engine or using Visual Studio. Kentico is also compatible with Microsoft Windows Azure Platform."

ASP.NET
MS SQL
Visual Studio
Windows Azure

These are all Windows platforms.  You need to host this on a Windows server or use their hosted plan.
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